Mental Health Advocacy
Like other chronic disease conditions, mental illness is a progressively deteriorating disease condition. Mental Health America stands on a platform of #B4Stage4 aimed to educate the public on the value of prevention and early intervention.
Left untreated, people slowly lose their ability to live the life they and their families imagined – as healthy, successful, and contributing members of their community. They become isolated from the community and often end up homeless, in jails, or in hospitals. The community misses out through lost productivity and relationships.
MHA Legislative Priorities
- Prevention for all
We can prevent and mitigate mental illness. Prevention builds on strong communities to protect individuals from declines in mental health. Prevention also reduces substance use, improves education outcomes, and boosts work productivity. Because individuals don’t get sick and are able to stay engaged in the community, communities can have more control over their resources and help more people. Policy should help communities have access to prevention.
- Early identification and intervention for those at risk
Too many Americans are left saying, “If only.” Right now, children struggle in school as parents, teachers, and the community scramble to help. Without answers, children drop out of school, end up in hospitals or jails, and everyone misses out. However, we know how to intervene early. When our communities have access to early intervention services, they can correct this common trajectory and support our children.
- Integrated care and treatment
There is no health without mental health, and our health care system should reflect this. When we integrate our mental health care with other health care systems, school services, and other support systems, we get better outcomes for less money. With systems working together, we reduce unnecessary and unsafe services and treatment and make sure each individual gets the care they need when they need it.
- Recovery as the goal
Research in the past fifty years has repeatedly taught us one thing – mental health recovery is possible. We used to treat mental illness as a lifelong disability. People were told they couldn’t go to work, school, or participate in the community. However, we know now that with the right support, people can recover. When our health care system fosters recovery, every individual will be engaged and our communities will be strong.
See Mental Health America for more information on Legislative Priorities and Recommendations.
Recovery is possible.
Current Florida Mental Health Legislation
Outstanding Florida Mental Health Legislation